Michael Buono Obituary, Cause Of Death – On Saturday, March 4th, Dr. Michael J. Buono, a member of our faculty in the department of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, passed away due to Legionella pneumonia (also known as Legionnaires’ illness). Legionella pneumonia is also known as Legionnaires’ disease. The news has left us with a sense of profound desolation.
He taught at San Diego State University for the better part of four decades during his professional career. As Buono finished his studies at the University of Arizona, he was presented with a PhD degree in animal physiology from that institution. It was in 1982 when he was offered and accepted a post as an assistant professor at San Diego State University. Since then, he has not left that location.
In addition to his role as a physiology instructor for the physician assistant program at the Naval School of Health Science, Dr. Buono oversaw both the Kasch Exercise Physiology Laboratory and the Rees-Stealy Research Foundation Laboratory. Both of these labs were under the auspices of the Rees-Stealy Research Foundation. In the course of his professional career, Dr. Buono referred to himself as a Systemic Human Physiologist.
It was via the use of physical activity and shifts in the environment that he was able to characterize the physiological control mechanisms that are inherent to humans. During the course of the previous quarter century, Dr. Buono has written numerous studies that have been published in high-caliber journals such as the American Journal of Physiology, the European Journal of Physiology, Applied Physiology, Thermal Biology, and Physical Therapy.